Murray carjacking suspect leads cops on hour-long chase, drives wrong side of road for nearly 7 miles

Police arrest a suspected carjacker who led officers on a 40-mile chase across the Salt Lake Valley early Saturday morning. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah Jan. 13, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man believed to be the suspect in a Murray carjacking earlier this week led police from multiple agencies on a winding chase early Saturday morning and covered more than 40 miles in the process.

West Valley City Police Sgt. Robert Brinton told Gephardt Daily the suspect’s vehicle was spotted parked near 4100 S. 3200 West just before 4 a.m.

Officers managed to position spikes, which blew out two of the suspect’s tires as he started to drive off.

Police tried to pull him over, but the driver appeared unfazed. Instead, he drove east through West Valley City, Taylorsville, Murray and Midvale before turning onto 1300 East. He then headed south, driving through Sandy and Draper before turning west on 12300 South.

There the suspect gave pursuing officers a bit more than they bargained for, suddenly veering into oncoming traffic lanes, where he drove for nearly 7 miles, his blown tires flip-flopping as drove them to the rims.

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Police suspended the chase, but continued to follow the suspect in unmarked vehicles.

Officers then spiked the suspect’s tires yet again as he drove on Redwood Road.

Slowing to a speed of about 20 miles an hour, the suspect’s vehicle limped along for a few hundred yards before coming to a stop.

Officers took the man into custody without further incident.

A female companion, who was in the car during the chase, was released.

Sgt. Brinton told Gephardt Daily that drugs and a stolen license plate were found inside the vehicle. He also said the car itself had been reported stolen.

Police did not immediately release the suspect’s name.

Gephardt Daily will update the story as more information becomes available.

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